He is in his first season since coming back from a ruptured Achilles last season with the Brooklyn Nets. Nwaba’s injury was the most severe of many for the Rockets this season. The Rockets on Wednesday had the minimum of eight players allowed for an NBA game with Danuel House Jr. ruled out with a bruised right knee and Eric Gordon with a sore left knee.
Kyle Anderson will return for the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks (7 p.m. Fox Sports Southeast) but Grayson Allen will miss his third consecutive game in concussion protocol. Anderson missed Tuesday's win over the Washington Wizards due to what coach Taylor Jenkins called a respiratory illness.
There won't be a Rising Stars game at NBA All-Star Weekend this year but Memphis Grizzlies duo Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke were honored for the second consecutive season. Morant was selected for the United States team and Clarke was selected for the World Team when the rosters were released Wednesday. The game pits 10 first-and-second year players from the U.S. against 10 first-and-second year players born outside the country.